Santa Monica Mayor and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board Member Pam O'Connor is the new chair of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority Board of Directors,
which is overseeing construction of the 15-mile light-rail line between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Newly elected L.A. City Council Member Mike Bonin is the new vice chair.
Additionally, others were appointed to the LACMTA Board of Directors. L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will chair the Finance, Budget and Audit Committee; John Fasana will chair the Ad Hoc Congestion Pricing Committee; L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will chair the System Safety and Operations Committee; L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe will chair the Construction Committee; Diane DuBois will chair the Executive Management Committee and O’Connor will chair the Planning and Programming Committee and retain her position as chair of the Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee.
“I’m excited to take the lead for the Expo Construction Authority Board,” O’Connor said. “We are growing Los Angeles County’s rail transit network as we complete this light-rail line all the way to Santa Monica. It’s taken years of concerted effort, community support and political will. We are in the final stretch that will provide a transportation choice and a viable alternative to being stuck in traffic on the Westside. This is a time of great excitement and progress.”
The 6.6-mile Phase 2 Expo Line segment between Culver City and Santa Monica is currently under construction. This final leg in the line is scheduled for completion in 2016.